Dilo’s Carving Classes (continued)

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Blog entry by Dilo Marcio Fernandino posted 11-03-2011 10:10 PM 7776 reads 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Almost one year ago I posted on this blog a notice telling you that I got a woodcarving student, Mr. Luiz Flavio Rocha Gomes, who works for the Brazilian state oil company. In addition to his professional activity he is probably one of the busiest men – as well as one of the well endowed artisans – I have ever seen. At that time I posted photos of his work in progress which was expected by me to be completed soon. However, Luiz Flavio got so busy that he almost disappeared from the classes. He only showed up very few times during the current year. Surprisingly he has just brought me the complete carving work, which surpassed all my best expectations. I remind you that his model was just a plain drawing of a decorative French motif (18th Century). That yellow hard wood is named Vinhatico (Plathymenia foliolosa).
At this same time, he offered me eight Stassen bent gouges that he bought in Argentina, which I consider to be one of the best forged and carefully sharpened gouges, despite their ugly and not ergonomic wood handles. So, I will have to make some other rosewood handles that can properly match those fine blades. I will show you this upgrading process soon.
Belo Horizonte, Brazil

-- Dilo

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#1 posted 11-03-2011 10:19 PM

Spectacular. You better be careful or the student may surpass the teacher – especially if he spends more time carving. Great gift also…you have a very gifted and thoughtful student. Thank you for sharing this beautiful work with us.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#2 posted 11-03-2011 10:32 PM

Dilo, that is a beautiful carving. Your work is also beautiful.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#3 posted 11-03-2011 10:54 PM

with a master teacher
it is no wonder
that his work is so good

hope you both find more time
for it

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 11-04-2011 12:30 AM

what a cool transformation, from the rough to the refined…how beautiful, carvings like those belong out where people can see them, and enjoy the beauty of the wood and admire the skill of the hands that made it…....fantastic….grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#5 posted 11-04-2011 12:30 AM

Wonderful carvings! Thanks for the story behind it. Very inspiring.

-- Rich, Seattle, WA

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#6 posted 11-04-2011 05:37 AM

Really nice carving!! The potential mirrors the instructor. We would like to see more “progress” reports.

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic

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#7 posted 11-06-2011 05:59 PM

beautiful indeed. Congratulations to both of you – the teacher and the student.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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